Eating on the cheap in Sonoma County
I want to try a challenge-- finding prepared food (enough for a meal) for under $5 in Sonoma County. Something child friendly that doesn't involve an arch, Colonel, Clown, King or Drive-through. Share with me your favorite places that fit the bill...Prefer Petaluma, Cotati, Penngrove, Rohnert Park locations but will consider other parts as well.
Hi Dr. Mimi-
Here are a few of Santa Rosa's (cheap) eats under $5 - all are kid-friendly. You might have to skip drinks or BYO to stay under $5. Sorry, I can't make the all the links work for this...
La Palapa on Lewis Road - 2 tacos
Phnom Penh Market at SR Avenue & Petaluma Hill Road- take-out bun or salad rolls.
Thailao Market at 1081 Santa Rosa Avenue- Banh Mi (sorry about the spelling) - $3 Vietnamese sandwich on Fridays at noon. I think it's still the only reliable local source of this great snackfood - anyone know different?
SRJC Culinary Cafe Bakery - $3 flamiche, pizza or savory galette with cookies. Wednesday - Friday 7:30 AM to 2 PM. Call first to find out if they're in session 5
Saturday farmer's market - 3 bbq oysters for $5. BYO french bread.
Tandoori Express 1880 Mendocino- fresh, handmade naan stuffed with lamb, onion or potato. Also curry on rice. (other inexpensive fastfood places in this strip mall include Mombo's Pizza & a Chinese place).
Pupuseria Salvadorena - antojitos menu is $5 and under - $1.75 for fresh, handmade pupusas.
La Texanita - again, many antojitos under $5 to mix & match.
Grocery Outlet - you'll always find at least one combo of bread or crackers and cheese for under $5. The produce tends to be expensive, but check for organic which is often on sale ($1 for two celery hearts last week). The cancer park is 1 1/2 blocks down 4th Street toward downtown - sunny, shady, fountain...usually only a few transients.
Another great picnic park is Luther Burbank gardens - you can watch food being grown - kiwi, cardoon, prickly pear, walnuts, blueberries, kale, quince, apples, amaranth, quinoa, cherries, plums and culinary & medicinal herbs are a few of many. There's a sweet little children's garden on the east fence that encourages looking, touching and smelling. :)
590 Lewis Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
1116 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
1081 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
SRJC Culinary Arts Center
458 B St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
If you can budge one penny more to reach $5, then check out the Filipino rice plates at La Parilla in Cotati. Our ala carte size servings were $8 at the chowdown, but I bet the rice plate size is plentiful for the bucks.
Also, the owners' kids are hanging out in the place, so children are certainly welcome.